Tag Archives: Pop

#POP! An Exhibition of work by Brian Travers @ Havill & Travis Gallery, Harborne, 18th September – 31st October 2015

‘Splash, Splat, Zap n’Trickle’ On being invited to become an honorary trustee at The National Gallery a living British playwright predicated his acceptance with one proviso – that above the main entrance was emblazoned the legend, ‘You don’t have to like all of it!’ That sage wisdom and liberation of spirit will take you willing by the  hand […]

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Interview – Brian Travers

In August we previewed the latest in a line of excellent exhibitions at Havill and Travis in Harborne: #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. John Kennedy describes the opening and his interview with Brian: In […]

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Brian Travers #POP! Exhibition @ Havill & Travis, Harborne.

Following successful exhibitions by Midlands music luminaries Erica Nockalls and Jim Simpson, Harborne gallery Havill & Travis, present #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. #POP! celebrates the pop art culture of 1960’s NYC through to the 21st […]

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Justin Bieber + Carly Rae Jepsen + Cody Simpson @ NIA, Birmingham – Thursday 28th February 2013

Pink lighting and a pink mic stand to match, Carly Rae Jepsen, with true pop star prowess, worked the entire stage, singing several tracks from her album ‘Kiss’. Fun absent, Carly joined forces with fellow support act Cody Simpson to perform top five hit ‘Good Time’. Jepsen made it no secret that her aim on […]

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Album Review – Believe Acoustic by Justin Bieber

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber is a megastar, it has to be said! With 15 million album sales behind him, 33 million followers on Twitter and Forbes’ third most powerful celebrity in the world he’s on the rise to stardom on a continual basis. The release of his third studio album Believe in 2012 cemented […]

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V Festival @ Weston Park Stafford – Sunday 23rd August 2009

Leaning on the barrier at the front row of a Mcfly concert is not somewhere I ever pictured I would be, but there I was and as the trio ventured out to the tones of YMCA it was clear that I was going to enjoy it. For me Mcfly epitomise everything great about festivals. They […]

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V Festival @ Weston Park Stafford – Saturday 22nd August 2009

For me festivals fit into a number of brackets. You’ve got the raucous end of the spectrum with T in the Park – full of inebriated Scots having a ball and puking everywhere, through to the mystical Glastonbury – Hippies, circus acts and all that jazz. Weston Park’s V, sits somewhere in the middle. If […]

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James Morrison + Vagabond + Karima Francis @ Birmingham Academy UK – 4th April 2009

The evenings proceedings kicked off with Karima Francis – a petite 21 year old from the North West of England with big Bob Dylan like curly hair – very distinguishable. Her sound was an acoustic rock/soul fusion. Karima won over the audience with a great cut back cover of the King of Leon classic ‘Use […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

So, rumours of The Twilight Sad producing an album containing eleven versions of  “The Love Cats” have proved to be […]

Alcuna Wilds + The Courtesy Group for Actress and Bishop

January 31st see the return to the UK of Dutch/UK Trip-Rock band ALCUNA WILDS, much likened to Portishead, who we […]

Clutch @ o2 Academy, 22nd December 2018

Thank the lawd it’s not snowing. Having had numerous wintertime gigs nobbled by the road-wrecking sky-dandruff several times before, I […]

Nile Rodgers and CHIC @ Arena Birmingham, 16 December 2018

Having sold more than 500 million records in his time, there are few musicians on the planet to have achieved […]

Madness @ Arena Birmingham, 15 December 2018

Formed in 1976 Madness have survived a break up, a change of direction and a Margaret Thatcher inspired sitcom written […]

Bury Tomorrow +36 Crazyfists + Cane Hill @ o2 Institute, 12 December 2018

Cane Hill came onstage to an already packed out 02 Institute main room; the largely mixed demographic audience arriving early […]